SAMANTHA TAYLOR – Founder and President
Born in London, Samantha 'Sam' grew up in Kenya, East Africa where she learned first hand the challenges of poverty and community development.
Sam has 15+ years of international for and nonprofit marketing and business development experience having worked in both agency leadership and corporate marketing roles within the financial services sector. Formerly, Sam was the Chief Marketing Officer of GMHC, the nation’s oldest non-profit HIV/AIDS care services provider where she spearheaded a once-in-27-year rebranding initiative. Prior agency posts included Managing Director at Bozell Worldwide and Director at Kreab Gavin Anderson. Sam started her career at The Press Association in London.
Sam founded Reputation Dynamics in 2005 to provide for-profit and NGO/academic organizations with local and global citizenship development, access to new markets and fund raising services that build resilient communities for the long term. RD mobilizes collective action to address critical social justice and conservation issues with a focus on inclusive partnership development and story telling. Sam is an early innovator in business and social innovation development.
Her areas of expertise include development of strategic value propositions, fund raising campaigns, partnership selection and alignment, as well as integration with story telling, products and services, and access to emerging markets such as Africa. Key sectors span poverty, environmental conservation and wildlife, women’s empowerment, youth education and professional development.
An advocate and speaker of ‘Aligning Profits with Purpose,’ she advises a diverse range of organizations on long-term approaches for sustainability solutions and advocacy, facilitating and building holistic partnerships to help improve the wellbeing of communities.
Sam speaks at diverse industry forums such as the American Marketing Association, Columbia University, The Corporate Council on Africa, PRSA, Africa Travel Association, The CMO Club, Diversity Best Practices, InterAction and the UN Youth Assembly. In 2011, in partnership with Working Mother Media, Sam co-chaired an educational symposium – ‘Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility and Women: Next-Generation Strategies for Change and Empowerment’ which convened more than 120 representatives from the corporate, NGO and academic sectors.
Sam was a former member of the Board of Advisors for Indego Africa. In 2012, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money to provide access to water for the Samburu Trust in North Western Kenya. Sam is also an artist creating watercolor paintings of elephants, depicting community living and the prosperity of Africa.
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